Lunar Look at the Coming Week from the Celestial Planting Calendar Team
Monday, September 7, 2020
The waning Moon is in Aries (fruit) with ascending forces. The air and day quality is warmth. This is a good time to harvest all vegetables that are meant for storing or preserving. Making apple jelly, crab apple jelly and/or grape jelly as well as making tomato sauce, salsa and any type of fermentation. Add well- rotten old compost around fruit trees and shrubs and near winter vegetables such as carrots and beets. Prepare the garden for winter vegetables by cutting back the cover crop such as sorghum grass or buckwheat and applying compost. Be sure to let the cover crop stay and rot on the ground. The Moon in Aries provides warmth and the compost the ensure rapid degradation. Set fence posts with rocks not cement. Note that the waning Moon focuses the energy downwards. This is a good time to re-mulch garden paths as the mulch will stay longer and not degrade. With the Moon in Aries and waning, it is also a good time to spread straw or other mulch on open areas in the garden.
Looking ahead with the plan to plant lettuce in a few days, prepare the ground by cutting back cover crops or using grass clippings and cover the area well (1/2 inch) with rotten compost. The grass clippings with provide the necessary nitrogen for the lettuce. Be sure not to disturb the roots of the ground cover as the compost cover will force them to die and rot. The roots are necessary as they hold water.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, September 8-10, 2020
After 7pm on Tuesday, the waning Moon has moved into Taurus (root) with ascending forces. The air and day quality is earthy. This is a good time to harvest tomatoes and other vegetables for drying. If the potato tops are turning brown or already brown, Moon in Taurus is a good time to harvest potatoes. There are many different types of potatoes and some of them are still perfectly green, so leave them until later.
Turn the compost or start a compost pile with grass clippings, straw, kitchen waste, garden waste (even tops from the potato and wood chips. Continue mulching garden paths and mulch around the base of shrubs. Harvest winter vegetables such as carrots and beets for storage: they can also be fermented or stored for future fermentation. It is a good time to set fence posts with rocks instead of cement.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
To combat aphids, soak nettles in water for 24 hours, and to combat flea beetles, soak catnip in water for 24 hours.
Friday, Saturday, September 11-12, 2020
The waning Moon is now in Gemini (flower) and at the nodal point between the ascending and descending forces. The day quality is light and airy. Check the entire garden very thoroughly for above ground pests and combat them accordingly (see notes for Thursday, September 10). If you have extra nettle or catnip water, save it to water the garden later, for example on Sunday and Monday which are leaf and water days.
Harvest medicinal flowers, such as calendula, for drying or place them in oil to make an oil extract. The oil extract will be the basis for the making of salves.
Prune back old raspberry and blackberry canes that have finished fruiting. Also, prune very young fruit trees that were planted this past spring. By pruning even six inches of these young stems the tree will branch out more next year. If weather permits, paint outside. Set fence posts with rocks, not cement.
Sunday, Monday, September 13-14, 2020
On Sunday, the waning Moon has moved into Cancer (leaf) after 9am with descending forces. The air and day quality is wet and damp. This is a good time to plant lettuce and other greens into prepared garden beds. Water these seeds with the left over nettle and catnip water, and water other green leafy plants as well. Continue pest control of above ground pests; hand picking the bugs and placing them in soapy is a good option.
Cut back cover crops such as oats and leave on the ground to rot. Be sure to cover this layer with compost. If it has not rained for awhile, water the garden thoroughly as the Moon in Cancer helps the water be better absorbed by the earth. It is unfavorable to store vegetables as the damp air could create a tendency for the vegetables to rot. It is also not a good time to make preserves because the fruit may not set as things will be too watery. Also avoid setting fence posts because it is too damp and the wood will rot faster.
This weekly forecast is based on the experience, knowledge and wisdom first set out by Rudolf Steiner and then elaborated on by Maria Thun. Lorraine Schmid of Thyme Again Gardens has incorporated these teachings on her farm in South Eastern Ontario. She offers these tips for improving plant quality and work-related efficiency in gardens and farms. While these tips relate mostly to northern temperate climates, they have a more universal application.
by Rosemary Tayler and Lorraine Schmid
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